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McGill will celebrate Open Access Week International (October 23-29) with events designed to bring awareness to newer aspects of the scholarly communication lifecycle. To kick off OA week, Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair in the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal will be giving a talk entitled “Scholarly communication and open access: what researchers should know”.
Digital technologies, which are easy to update, reuse, access and transmit and require little space, have changed how researchers produce and disseminate knowledge. However, the extent and characteristics of these changes remain unknown.
Dr. Larivière's research:
- involves understanding how digital technologies have changed the scholarly communication process
- aims to increase understanding of how knowledge is currently being disseminated by analyzing the characteristics of papers written by academic researchers
- will investigate how new types of knowledge production are being used, how new sources of data are shared and changes in academics’ working practices. In particular, he is analyzing new forms of scientific articles and the various channels that are used to disseminate knowledge
- will also study whether new means of distribution enhance access to knowledge and speeds its dissemination. As well, he is examining whether new technologies allow research results to be widely disseminated outside the scientific community.
- will improve understanding of how knowledge is produced and distributed and will provide insight for the development of public policies on scientific and technological research
Vincent Larivière is the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication and associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, where he teaches research methods and bibliometrics. He is also the scientific director of the Érudit journal platform, associate scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He holds a B.A. in Science, Technology and Society (UQAM), an M.A. in history of science (UQAM) and a Ph.D. in information science (McGill), and has performed postdoctoral work at Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science.